Jailed producer holds up Holocaust movie
New York-based Atlantic Alliance Pictures is delaying production of Holocaust pic “Love Is a Survivor,” starring Tony Curtis, which was due to start filming in Budapest this month.
AAP’s co-production partner, Lew Rywin’s Heritage Pictures, has failed to come up with promised coin after its topper, who exec produced “The Pianist” and co-produced “Schindler’s List,” was jailed earlier this year for 24 months.
Rywin, who is based in Poland, was convicted of fraud in April by a Warsaw court that ruled the 58-year-old falsely claimed he represented Prime Minister Leszek Miller when he allegedly sought a $17.5 million bribe from Agora, publisher of newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, in 2002.
His offer to lobby for changes to a proposed media law that would enable Agora to buy a nationwide broadcaster was a misrepresentation, a three-judge panel ruled.
The Appellate Court of Warsaw reduced the charge Dec. 10 to aiding and abetting paid protection and cut the sentence by six months to two years plus a fine of 100,000 zlotys ($34,000).
“Love Is a Survivor” is the true story of Herman Rosenblat (Curtis), who survived the Nazi death camps with help from a young woman he fell in love with and married.
AAP prexy Harris Salomon said he has 75% of the e7 million ($9.2 million) budget, but the remaining coin has remained elusive.
“All talent and locations were ready, but with a 25% hole in the budget we can’t do a thing,” said Salomon.
Philip Saville (“The Gospel of John”) was due to helm, from a script by Salomon and Matt Salzberg.